Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Conjuring

By s. Wednesday, July 31, 2013 , , , , , , , , 36 Comments
I remember siting in the theatre more than a decade ago (God, I'm so freaking old...) and watching The Others. During one particularly intense jump scare, when the medium found the kids hiding in the closet, a woman who was sitting in the row few seats away from me jumped so high her popcorn fell out of the bucket. When I saw The Conjuring a woman in my row was weeping actual tears. It happened during the finale of the film and I'm not sure why it was, out of fear or because what was on the screen was so intense.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Screaming Sunday - Dead Silence

By s. Sunday, July 28, 2013 , , 14 Comments
Sati's movie rating - 74/100
Plot:  Jamie Ashen (Ryan Kwanten) comes home to find his wife Lisa disfigured and dead in their apartment just minutes after a mysterious, not to mention creepy, package was left on their doorstep containing an old ventriloquist dummy. With no alibi, a detective is left to assume Jamie as the prime suspect. Driven by an old ghost story, Jamie returns to Ravens Fair, his old hometown to prove his innocence.
The heroes: Ladies and gentlemen, it's Jason Stackhouse!
The antagonists: Ventriloquist dummies and one scary, freaky, awesome villain that controls them.
Best scene: The first night Jaime spends in a motel.
Oh-oh something's not right line: If you go looking for answers, you just might find them.
Morbid Trivia: During the climax, in the storage area with all 101 dolls, you can see Jigsaw's doll from the "Saw" films sitting on the floor, and Edgar Bergen's doll Charlie McCarthy on one of the shelves. The doll that Detective Lipton throws over his shoulder in this scene is a replica of ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson's doll, Danny O'Day. Fun fact #2 - watch out for Jigsaw doll in Warrens' special room with hunted objects in The Conjuring.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pacific Rim

By s. Tuesday, July 23, 2013 , , , , , , , 34 Comments

Let me say this upfront - I don't mind silly movies. Just few days ago I had a great time watching Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in The Heat. It was dumb, but at least it wasn't boring. This is pretty much the minimum I ask of summer film - to entertain. So when I was checking my text messages during Pacific Rim, I knew that it failed for me.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Screaming Sunday - Evil Dead

By s. Sunday, July 21, 2013 , 22 Comments
Sati's movie rating - 65/100
Plot:  David, his drug-using sister Mia and his friends Eric, Olivia and Natalie travel to an isolated cabin that belonged to his parents to spend a couple of days together. Mia promises to stop using drugs and Olivia, who is a nurse, promises to help Mia in her abstinence. They discover a hidden basement with witchcraft and the Book of the Dead, and Eric reads it and unintentionally summons an evil force. Mia, Olivia and Natalie are possessed by evil and Eric reads the book trying to learn how to destroy the demon.
The heroes: Bunch of young people in the woods with protagonist Mia who is a drug addict.
The antagonists: Demon from hell.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Visual Parallels: Game of Thrones + Rome

By s. Tuesday, July 16, 2013 , , 14 Comments
Game of Thrones and Rome. Both excellent series from HBO, both highly expensive with huge ensemble casts and intricate and astonishing scale of production. But there are even more similarities between the two.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

10 TV actresses that deserve better careers

By s. Saturday, July 13, 2013 , 32 Comments
Underrated actresses. I bet every one of you could name at least 5 women who for you fit that category. But as I'm currently rewatching Rome and I'm, practically at any given month, rewatching Game of Thrones, I decided to create a sub-category - underrated TV actresses.

I truly hope that the days when TV was considered inferior to movies are behind us. Hell, if I look at the movies nominated for Academy Awards last year and shows that are still airing like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and is TV that is actually superior. These actresses below deserve better roles in better projects they appeared in. More often than not the role I highlighted in this article was a big break for them, but sadly not much happened afterwards.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Soundtrack Wednesday - Only God Forgives

By s. Wednesday, July 10, 2013 , , 16 Comments

Track: Sister, pt. 1
Artist: Cliff Martinez
Movie: Only God Forgives

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Visual Parallels: Somewhere + Earrings

By s. Sunday, July 7, 2013 , , 20 Comments
Usually I come up with ideas for these fine posts myself, but once something is pointed out to me and makes me go "that's right" it would be a shame not to use it. Some time ago, Chris of moviesandsongs asked me if I'm planning to do parallels for Somewhere and Earrings. Having not seen Somewhere in a long time, the comparison between that one and Alex Withrow's debut film did not occur to me. But I've recently rewatched Somewhere and some of the similarities between them are just striking and not just when it comes to visual aspect.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

This is the End

By s. Thursday, July 4, 2013 , , , , , , , , 18 Comments
6 friends. One house. A party. A milky way. Apocalypse.

Films about the end of the world are extremely popular in Hollywood lately - we either get big blockbuster movies, comedies or horror films about the subject. Some of those are really good like last year's Cabin in the Woods. And now we have new addition to the list of good end of the world movies - This is the End - hugely entertaining, hilarious comedy that I'm definitely going to rewatch many times.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Soundtrack Wednesday - Man of Steel

By s. Wednesday, July 3, 2013 , , 12 Comments

Track: Man of Steel
Artist: Hans Zimmer
Movie: Man of Steel